Hundreds of Serbian special forces are hunting down a gunman who killed at least eight people and wounded 13 others in the country’s second mass shooting in as many days, APA reports citing CNN.
The massacre took place 11 p.m. Thursday night in the village of Dubona, according to the country’s Interior Ministry. The attacker shot a group of people with an automatic weapon and fled the scene, according to the public broadcaster RTS.
The shooter remains at large and a warrant has been issued for the suspect, a 21-year-old male identified as Uros B. by Interior Minister Bratislav Gasic.
More than 600 members of Serbian Special Forces are searching for the attacker, according to the public broadcaster RTS, with authorities deploying helicopters and thermal imaging cameras.
Police have cordoned off the area where they suspect him to be hiding, according CNN affiliate channel N1. All special police units are engaged, including an anti-terrorism unit, helicopter unit, and police forces from the cities of Belgrade and Smederevo.
At least eight people have died and 13 others were wounded in Belgrade's municipality of Mladenovac in the night between Thursday and Friday after an attacker opened fire on a policeman and his sister using an assault rifle, APA reports citing Teletrader.
According to Serbian national broadcaster B92, the police are currently pursuing 21-year-old Uros Blazic, a son of a member of the Serbian military. Children are said to be among those injured in the accident. Dozens of police and ambulance vehicles were registered in the area of the shooting labeled as a terrorist act by the Interior Ministry.
This attack and a series of other smaller incidents reported throughout Thursday follow a massive shooting in an elementary school in Belgrade downtown on Wednesday in which a 13-year-old boy killed eight classmates and a security guard using a high-magazine pistol stolen from his dad. The disaster is one of the worst shooting events ever reported in Serbia and the region.